October is Emotional Wellness Month. Often when we think about what it means to be healthy, we immediately go to our physical bodies and conjure images of healthy diets and plenty of exercise. While physical health is an important component to our well-being, emotional health plays a pretty big role too.
So what is emotional wellness? Being emotionally healthy doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re happy all the time, but instead that you accept your feelings for what they are. You can acknowledge emotions, thoughts, and feelings without altering or changing them and instead decide how to respond to them.
Negative emotions are a part of life and offer us valuable learning experience. Part of emotional wellness is embracing those feelings, learning from them, and moving forward with your life. Don’t let bumps in the road completely throw you off track. They’re there for a reason.
What makes emotional wellness so important? For starters, emotional health is a major part of your outlook on life. If you are emotionally well, you can view life more optimistically, meet challenges and recognize that something that challenges you is a good thing, and learn that setbacks aren’t the end of the world.
Remember that being healthy doesn’t just mean eating your fruits and veggies; there’s lot of different pieces that are all just as important when it comes to overall health.